Chair covers for the kitchen are an addition to the design of this room and protect furniture from dirt and damage. Covers are common because they look good and are practical, they can be washed and replaced with another set. Cape for kitchen furniture can be sewn with your own hands.
Functions of chair covers
Accessory for kitchen furniture can perform several functions at the same time. Covers for chairs in the kitchen are most often designed for everyday use, depending on the time of year (for each season — a separate set). Sew capes to disguise old or aesthetically unsightly furniture and to protect against damage. Such a device is universal. Capes are gaining relevance among fashion trends in design and decoration.
Covers for chairs are sewn specifically for certain solemn events. They are able to complete the interior when decorating a wedding, and cheerful decorations of chairs in the form of Santa Claus hats will create a festive atmosphere at the New Year’s table.
Capes for kitchen furniture are practical to use in a house where small children live. At a younger age, children love to use paints and felt-tip pens for other purposes. Furniture, including in the kitchen, often serves as a canvas for young artists. To protect chairs from stubborn colorful stains, many use chair covers.
Choosing a case by style
It is important to choose capes for the interior of the kitchen, otherwise the atmosphere in the room will not look harmonious. Today, the most popular design trends in which textile decorations for kitchen furniture fit perfectly are Provence or rustic country, classic and eco styles.
For a Provence-style kitchen, textile seat covers made of natural fabric with floral patterns are suitable. Do not decorate products with ruffles and bows. In the direction of Provence, it is enough to sew a small ribbon to match the pattern as a decor. The color of the fabric should be light, with the effect of a sun-bleached canvas.
For Provence in design, covers with a pattern in the form of a cage or plain products are sewn in accordance with the main color palette of the room. Such capes will make the kitchen in the style of the French province even more comfortable and cozy.
The classic style most harmoniously accepts textile additions to kitchen furniture. Capes for chairs in the classic style are sewn from natural expensive fabrics. Often, silk bows or frills are used for decoration, which flow from the seat to the floor. The color of the fabric should match the style of the room. In the classics, the use of bright neon fabrics is unacceptable. White and beige colors are considered optimal, but any light colors will do.
Eco-style welcomes all natural materials, so it is recommended to use natural and undyed fabric for covers. Cotton and linen are the most common materials for sewing products. A feature of eco-style covers is the complete absence of decor. Capes are not decorated with bows and ruffles. In finished form, the covers look concise, without frills, like the style of natural cuisine itself.
What is better to sew
Furniture protection is ordered from ateliers and sewing workshops. In addition, they sew chair covers with their own hands. First you need to decide what fabric products will be made from.
The choice of material depends on such factors as the frequency of use of the chair, compliance with the design of the kitchen, the intended purpose of the coating. To create an accessory, almost any materials are suitable: from light decorative to natural rough. Often, covers are sewn from the same fabric as curtains, tablecloths or other textiles in the kitchen.
With special attention it is recommended to approach the choice of fabric for daily use capes. A good option for products would be a material made from a mixture of cotton and viscose. The fabric should not wrinkle, shed, roll, leave hooks, “sit down” after washing.
If you prefer self-tailoring, you should not forget about sewing threads, which should be in the tone of the fabric.
Master class on sewing a chair cover
Cases have different shapes:
- Adjacent, when the fabric tightly fits the shape of the chair from the back to the legs.
- Free, in the form of a cape. These are universal cases. They are adjacent to the back and seat, and fall freely below, covering the legs with a cloth. A popular accessory option is a model whose length ends slightly below the seat.
- Tablet cases. These additions do not cover the back. They are placed on the seat.
Textile additions can be created independently, even for those who have little experience in cutting and sewing. The main thing is to follow the instructions on how to sew a chair cover.
We carry out measurements
The first thing to do when sewing is to accurately take measurements from the furniture. For the manufacture of a textile product for a chair in the form of a cape with a rectangular back and seat, it is necessary to measure:
- Back height. Measured from the top point to the beginning of the seat of the kitchen chairs.
- Chair height. The measurement is taken from the highest point on the back to the floor.
- Seat depth. The distance from the edge of the seat to the back is measured.
- Chair width. Measured over the entire piece of furniture.
- Leg height. This is the distance from the floor to the beginning of the part.
Having received the measurements, it is necessary to build a drawing of the product pattern.
We build a drawing
Sewing chair covers is easy enough. To create a model in the form of a cape, you need to build a drawing scheme of 3 elements: 1 large rectangle and 2 small ones. The dimensions of the first element are the sum of the height of the chair and back, the depth of the seat and the height of the legs. The width of the rectangle is equal to the width of the chair plus 2 cm. This piece covers the chair completely at the back and front to the floor.
Small rectangles cover the sides at the bottom of the chair. The dimensions of these elements are equal to the distance from the floor to the seat. It is important to make an increase of 1.5 cm on all sides for the seams on each piece.
Transferring the pattern to fabric
It is not difficult to transfer the pattern, since all the details are straight. When moving the drawing, the location of the shared thread is taken into account.
According to the rules, the details of the product should be cut only along the shared thread and on the wrong side with the help of chalk and a ruler.
The connection of parts is carried out using a sewing machine or manually. Seat covers for chairs with a back should be sewn in the following sequence:
- connect the side seams of the back;
- process all sections of the back of the product;
- process and sew the side parts to the seat;
- process all sections of the front of the product;
- Process and iron the internal seams.
The sequence of work is not recommended to be changed, otherwise difficulties may arise during the manufacturing process.
Recommendations for backrest attachment points
The fabric at the junction of the seat and back will often stretch under weight, so experts recommend laying an additional stitch along the top of the connecting seam for greater strength of the cover.
Another recommendation for fastening are fixing ties. From the wrong side, laces are sewn into the seam between the back and the seat, with the help of which it will be possible to fix the back by tying the laces to the legs.
Useful tips and creative ideas
Kitchen chairs can be completely transformed with covers. Textile addition may have various decorative elements. Designers recommend improving standard models. For example, decorate a plain fabric with embroidery or paint it with paints on the fabric. You can make the furniture more comfortable with the help of synthetic winterizer or foam rubber sewn into the details of the back and seat of the cover.
Tulle bows look solemn in a duet with a satin ribbon decorated with rhinestones and beads. And for a children’s birthday, covers with applications in the form of a hero from the birthday boy’s favorite cartoon are suitable.
If covers in the form of a cape or tight-fitting models do not fit into the design of the room, decorative pillows are used. They must be sewn to the size of the seat and have laces on 4 sides for fastening. Pillows will complement the design with a bright accent, add coziness and make being at the table comfortable.